COVID Information: Review our current visitor policies or visit the COVID-19 Resource Center. *For everyone’s safety, masks are required at all times in our facilities. Thank you.

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Kearney Regional Medical Center Podcast – Episode 1: COVID-19 Vaccines While Pregnant or Breastfeeding

In this time of information overload and confusion, we wanted to create a space where physicians, educators and other guests can provide factual and practical advice to help you make informed decisions about your health.

When the CDC put out updated information last week regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine for Pregnant/Breastfeeding Women, we knew we wanted to do our first episode on this topic.
During this eight-minute podcast, OBGYN Physician at Contemporary Obstetrics and Gynecology and chair of our Obstetrics and Pediatrics Committee Dr. Jesse Loeffler provides insight for women who may be seeking more information about vaccination.

This episode is currently available on our website for download or streaming, and will be added to players such as Apple Podcasts and Spotify shortly.

KRMC Limiting Visitors in Maternity Care Center

Due to the recent uptick in COVID-19 in our area, we will be implementing our policy for restricted visitation during communicable disease outbreak effective immediately.
 
Maternity Center
-Only healthy siblings and adults over the age of 14 are allowed to visit
-All visitors, siblings and adults, will fill out a questionnaire at registration and be screened
-If yes is answered to any of the questions they will not be allowed to visit
-Good handwashing will be practice at all times upon entering and leaving the patient’s room
 
NICU
-No one, including siblings, under the age of 14 will be allowed to visit.
 
Thank you for your understanding as we seek to provide the safest environment for you and your loved ones.

Kearney Regional Medical Center Urges Vaccination Against COVID-19

Following the recent rise of COVID-19 in our region, Kearney Regional Medical Center is urging every person who is able, to take the important step of getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

Said Director of Emergency Medicine Dr. Brent Crandall during an all-staff virtual townhall earlier this month, “We are seeing more sick patients here. COVID is coming back whether we like it or not. And the common denominator recently is who’s vaccinated and who’s not.”

During the peak of the pandemic in November of last year, KRMC averaged 13.5 COVID+ positive patients per day. In contrast, in the month of June, there were only three days where a single COVID+ patient was hospitalized at KRMC.

In the first week of August, KRMC saw 10 COVID+ patients, and numbers are remaining steady.

CEO Bill Calhoun said, “One diagnosis should not take up a large percentage of a hospital, and if it does, we should be alarmed. The spread of COVID is still a concern at KRMC, as such we have strict policies in place to reduce transmission and to protect our patients, our staff and our community.”

In compliance with OSHA’s COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for Healthcare, KRMC has a facility policy in place requiring masking of all patients, staff, and visitors. Masking has proven to be an effective tool against the spread of the virus.

While vaccines are still under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), staff are not required to be vaccinated. More than 70 percent of staff and 90 percent of physicians are vaccinated, and administrators are hoping to see that number continue to rise. In the last week there has been an increase in request for vaccination.

In his townhall message Dr. Crandall pleaded with staff, “There will be more variants to come unless we do something. We are seeing more patients in the hospital; there are patients in the Emergency Department right now with COVID as we speak. We’ve got to get it done. It’s time. We were gone for a while, but it’s coming back. We don’t have a perfect answer on how to eradicate this virus, but we can protect ourselves, and one of the big tools we have is vaccine. It’s the best that we can do to curtail this and stop the sickness that we’re seeing.”

COVID-19 vaccination requirements and exemptions are being evaluated on an ongoing basis by the Hospital Incidence Command System (HICS) which includes hospital and clinic administrators, managers, infection preventionists, and physicians.

For more information about COVID-19, please visit kearneyregional.com/COVID19. To make an appointment to be vaccinated, contact Platte Valley Medical Clinic at 308-856-2263.

Welcome Dr. Linda Ferrer

Platte Valley Medical Clinic would like to welcome Dr. Linda Ferrer to the Cardiology team.

Dr. Ferrer earned her Doctor of Medicine from Los Andes University in Venezuela, graduating with high honors. She then completed the Cardiology Fellowship Program at Los Andes University Hospital and began practice as a Non-Invasive Cardiologist.

She has completed an Internal Medicine Residency at HCA Brandon Regional Hospital and Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship at HCA Healthcare Aventura Hospital & Medical Center in Miami.

Dr. Ferrer is board certified in Internal Medicine and board eligible in Cardiovascular Disease and Echocardiography. She is bilingual in Spanish and English, and Level II Certified in Cardiovascular CT, Cardiac MRI and Echocardiography.

Linda is excited to make Kearney her home with her family and begin seeing patients. She enjoys biking, teaching and reading.

Notice to Our Infusion Therapy & Allergy Shot Patients

Platte Valley Medical Clinic is growing in many different areas and with that growth comes a few changes. The Infusion Room that is currently located on the second floor of our clinic is being relocated directly south of the Maternity Care Center on our campus.

Beginning July 12th, all patients that are scheduled for services in our Infusion Room will go to the new location. You will not need to check in at the front desk of PVMC. This will be complete at the new location.

For all patients receiving allergy shots, you will now need to schedule an appointment. These will no longer be available as a walk-in.

If you have any questions, please fell free to call us at 308-865-2263.

Sincerely,

Physicians & Staff of Platte Valley Medical Clinic